Crystal Set #1

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Crystal Set #1

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Here are various crystals taken at 10x and 20x magnifications.

Benzoic acid melt, 10x * 1.25 POL
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20120926-DSLR_IMG_0005_1.jpg by pwnell, on Flickr

Benzoic acid dissolved in boiling water, cooled down, 10x POL
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20120926-DSLR_IMG_0013.jpg by pwnell, on Flickr

Benzoic acid dissolved in boiling water, cooled down, 20x POL
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20120926-DSLR_IMG_0021.jpg by pwnell, on Flickr

Benzoic acid melted, 10x POL
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20120926-DSLR_IMG_0029.jpg by pwnell, on Flickr

Benzoic acid melted, 10x POL
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20120926-DSLR_IMG_0035.jpg by pwnell, on Flickr

Benzoic acid melted, 10x POL
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20120926-DSLR_IMG_0039.jpg by pwnell, on Flickr

Benzoic acid melted, 10x POL
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20120926-DSLR_IMG_0051.jpg by pwnell, on Flickr

Tannic acid dissolved, 10x * 1.25 POL
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20120926-DSLR_IMG_0073.jpg by pwnell, on Flickr

Tannic acid dissolved, 10x * 1.25 POL
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20120926-DSLR_IMG_0077.jpg by pwnell, on Flickr

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Post by Chris S. »

Lovely, Waldo!

Sent the link to a friend who is a chemistry professor. Her response: "WOW! Those are really cool!"

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Post by RogelioMoreno »

Waldo,

Very nice!

Are all your Olympus objectives Plan Apo?

Rogelio

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RogelioMoreno wrote:Waldo,

Very nice!

Are all your Olympus objectives Plan Apo?

Rogelio
Thanks. Yes they are.

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Post by curt0909 »

Wow the last two are especially beautiful. Nice job

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one of the best 'chemical' sets I have seen.

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Post by arturoag75 »

Excellent job,
definition is just impressive..
arturo

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cool :shock:

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Excellent!
#3, #6 and #7 are my favorites
Pau

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melting

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Im new to this, and I am interested in melting, but Im not sure how to do it.. I don't want to be unsafe, could you please share with me the process?
thank you
lisa

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Post by pwnell »

I am not an expert in this but here are some thoughts:

1) Make sure the mineral powder you have is water soluble. Also, sometimes it helps to use warmer water - it dissolves better.
2) If the mineral powder is not water soluble, you might need something else like an acid or ethanol etc. Do some research.
3) I have either melted the powder under a microscope cover slip, or dissolved in water and let it evaporate. Make sure the mineral you are using does not release any noxious gasses or is flammable.

I am sure there are many more safety concerns other people more well versed in it than I can add to this list.

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Post by naturephoto1 »

Waldo,

Excellent set of images.

Rich

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